There’s so much to love about the funky, Pacific Northwest city of Portland. Here, we detail some of the best spots in the city, from restaurants to shops to outdoor attractions.[find-an-apartment]
Pizza: Apizza Scholls
Why: Pizza in Portland? You better believe it. Apizza Scholls is the stuff of legend. This no-frills, down-to-earth pizza joint in Portland’s Sunnyside neighborhood has been churning out great pies for what seems like ages. The draw here is the simplicity of the pies, fresh ingredients and thin, Neapolitan-style crust. One taste of the Tartufo Bianco, with whole milk mozzarella, grana padano and truffle oil, will have you seeing stars.
Where: 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
Unique Treats: Voodoo Doughnut Shop
Why: You’ve never had a doughnut like a Voodoo doughnut. Featuring crazy flavor combinations, fresh ingredients, and a funky, offbeat vibe, Voodoo doughnuts is undoubtedly a Portland institution. Locals swear by the Bacon Maple Bar, featuring sweet and sticky maple icing topped with smoky, crispy bacon, Captain my Captain, a vanilla icing doughnut topped with Captain Crunch cereal, and Dubble Bubble, a soft, fluffy yeast doughnut glazed with vanilla icing and bubble gum dust.
Where: 22 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204
Bookstore: Powell’s City of Books
Why: You could literally spend days perusing the aisles of Powell’s City of Books, and some residents of Portland do. From its humble beginnings as a small storefront in 1971 to what has now become a veritable mega metropolis of literature, Powell’s offers the best selection in Portland of new, used and rare titles, and is one of the world’s greatest bookstores.
Where: 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97029
Park: Washington Park
Why: Spring, summer, winter or fall, Washington Park is beautiful in just about any type of weather. Stretching out over an expansive 159 acres, Washington Park encompasses the Oregon Zoo, the beautiful International Rose Test Garden, the tranquil and serene Japanese Garden, and the stirring Holocaust Memorial. You could spend an entire day in the park and still leave ground unexplored, but why would you want to?
Where: 611 SW Kingston, Portland, OR 97204
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